Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Balloon for Isabel

 A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood
illustrated by Laura Rankin
Greenwillow, 2010

The Children's Round Table of the Texas Library Association puts out the 2x2 reading list, which is a list of recommended titles for kids age two to grade two. They always have a great variety of titles, and that's how I found this book. 

Graduation day is approaching and everyone in the class will get a balloon. Everyone, that is, except for Isabel and Walter. They are porcupines and porcupines get bookmarks. Bookmarks are not as exciting as  balloons, so Isabel is determined to come up with a way for the two to get balloons. After several hilarious attempts to cover her quills, she finally comes up with the cutest plan. And her porcupine teacher is finally able to have a balloon as well.

The illustrations are cute and colorful, and the animals have such great facial expressions. The humor in this book works for both children and adults. I've read this no less than seven times, and I still crack up over Isabel's plan involving bubble wrap.

1 comment:

  1. looks like a great book. I have 2 boys (grades K and 2) so the list you mention sounds perfect.
    ~unvlmom~ from swap-bot following